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Forest Arthur Harness (June 24, 1895 - July 29, 1974) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Harness attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1917. He served overseas during World War I as a first lieutenant, Three Hundred and Nineteenth Infantry from 1917 to 1919, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He served as captain in the Infantry Reserve, United States Army from 1920 to 1949.

He was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1917, as well as to the Indiana bar in 1919, and commenced practice in Kokomo, Indiana. He served as prosecuting attorney of Howard County, Indiana from 1920 to 1924, and as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1931 to 1935, when he resigned to resume private practice.

Harness was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1949). In Congress, he served as chairman of the Select Committee on the Federal Communications Commission (Eightieth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress, at which point he resumed the practice of law. He served as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate from January 3, 1953, to January 3, 1955. He retired in 1960 and resided in Sarasota, Florida, where he died. He is entombed in the mausoleum at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Indiana.


  • Forest Harness at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-01-24
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn Griswold
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

1939 - 1949
Succeeded by
John R. Walsh
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph C. Duke
Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
1953 - 1955
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Duke

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